Unlicensed Electrician Being Held Without Bail After Arrest at Monterey County Superior Court House
Consumers help CSLB investigators locate dangerous suspect
SACRAMENTO — Information received from Central Coast residents after a Contractors State License Board (CSLB) news release was issued last month helped lead investigators to unlicensed electrician Danny Jess Langley. Langley was arrested this week (August 27, 2013), while he was in Monterey Superior Court to answer previous CSLB charges. CSLB alerted coastal residents about Langley’s substandard, dangerous electrical work that was believed to have placed his customers at risk and asked the public to contact authorities.
Monterey County District Attorney investigators arrested Langley on a warrant that included new felony charges of burglary, forgery, and tax code evasion. That’s in addition to misdemeanor contracting law violations. Langley is a convicted violent felon who served time in San Quentin Prison. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 12, 2013.
Langley, of Pacific Grove, pleaded guilty to unlicensed contracting in 2011, and was under court probation. Local law enforcement authorities and CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) found him working as a contractor in 2012 on a job site in Carmel Valley. In addition to roofing and painting work, Langley had performed electrical work.
Subsequent review of that electrical work found that it was not performed to state codes and presented a dangerous fire hazard.
Langley recently has been advertising in online bulletin boards as a licensed contractor with positive reviews. He used a state contractor license number which was never issued to him. Langley also asks unsuspecting consumers to pull owner-builder construction permits from local building departments since he is unable to as an unlicensed individual. This places property owners at financial risk for project costs, employee payroll, and jobsite injuries.
“Consumers played a critical role in helping us get Mr. Langley behind bars,” Said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “We could not have caught him as quickly without their tips. Keeping Mr. Langley in jail until his next court hearing will also keep him from victimizing additional unsuspecting people.”
Investigators continue looking for additional victims. Anyone who was previously or currently is working with Langley for any type of construction work is asked to contact either CSLB’s Monterey SWIFT office at 831-620-1374 or Fresno SWIFT office at 559-490-0580. If Langley has performed work on your property, CSLB encourages you to have it inspected by a qualified building inspector.
CSLB encourages consumers to always “Check The License First” by visiting CSLB website or calling CSLB’s toll-free automated line 800.321.CSLB (2757). Also, visit CSLB’s website for tips about how to hire a contractor.
The Contractors State License Board operates under the umbrella of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. More information and publications about hiring contractors are available on CSLB’s website or by calling (800) 321-CSLB (2752). You also can sign up for CSLB email alerts. CSLB licenses and regulates about 300,000 contractors in California, and is regarded as one of the leading consumer protection agencies in the United States. In fiscal year 2012-13, CSLB helped recover nearly $44 million in ordered restitution for consumers.
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